Work From Home Pets

Working From Home with Dogs – Potty Tips for Work from Home Dog Owners

2020 is seeing millions of people working from home as a result of the Coronavirus. This is fantastic news for pets who no longer have to stay at home alone. However, being a work from home dog owner isn’t always plain sailing.

Being a Work from Home Dog Owner Isn’t Just About Constant Cuddles

One of the benefits of working from home rests with the fact that you and your furry best friend get to spend hours of extra time together. However, working from home when you are a dog owner can have a few challenges.

Recently, a UK dachshund made headlines after being so excited to have his family around 24/7, that he sprained his tail by wagging it so much.

Tales like this are adorable to the extreme. However, they also highlight why it is so important to take care when easing pets into new routines.

Work from Home Dog Owners and Pet Communication Problems

You see it every day. The minute you wake up in the morning or return from work, your pet pooch becomes a flurry of excitement. However, this isn’t just because they love you so much.

Most dogs are body language experts. As a result, dogs learn to associate our actions throughout the day with things they expect to happen next.

If you are in the kitchen, your pooch might assume that it is meal or treat time. Other body language cues let pets know when it is time for things like walks. This being the case, suddenly starting to work from home can cause some major body language confusion.

Let’s Talk Potty

Does your dog appear to become restless every time you get up from your desk to grab a coffee refill? If so, they may be guessing that it is walk time or time to go to the park.

Sadly, when dogs do think that it is time for a walk, they usually also think that it’s time to go potty. This can be a problem in smaller breeds, puppies, and older dogs, who don’t have the best bladder control.

If you have a yard, letting dogs out more frequently when they seem restless is an easy way to prevent mishaps. However, if you live in an apartment, things can get more complicated.

How a Porch Potty Can Make Life Easier

It’s not just work from home dog owners who have to deal with this. Older dogs and dogs that suffer from separation anxiety also often find it difficult to exercise optimum bladder control. Thankfully, there is a solution.

At Porch Potty, we make stylish, pet-safe, original grass litter box for dogs. These can be set up indoors, on apartment balconies, or on outdoor decks. As a result, work from home dog owners can let their dogs go potty whenever they like.

The best part? Making use of a Porch Potty allows you to stay focused on getting work done—not last-minute walks.

Pets Love Porch Potty and So Will You

Are you finding it difficult to ease pets into your new work from home routine? If you are in self-isolation or quarantine because of the Coronavirus, dog potty problems might be a problem you’re just now experiencing. A Porch Potty, though, can help remedy these. Find out more now by clicking here.

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Dogs as Coworkers

In the new work from home norm with the concerns and social distancing caused by COVID-19 (the coronavirus) people have found new coworkers while working from home which is their pets. Many of which crave human attention and whenever it finds their owner or dog parent is at home, it would stick with them and try to remain in their company for as much time as possible. So, even if people are missing their coworkers, still they have found new coworkers in the face of their pets (or furry four-legged family members).

People are flooding social media with the pictures, videos, and stories of their dog coworkers while enjoying some pitfalls and hilarious moments. You can enjoy the company of your coworkers which would give you some satisfaction and condolence in times of stress.

World Health Organization has confirmed that the virus does not spread from dogs to humans, so it increases their ability to be even a trustier coworker tenfold.  They are:

  • Source of relaxation: Dogs can serve as your source of relaxation and stress relief while keeping you energetic and constantly in a good frame of mind.  There might be a downfall if dogs interrupt you too much but for this purpose, you may leave them in a separate room when you need to entirely focus on your work.
  • Errand pets: They can also help by running errands while you focus on your work. These errands might be to fetch newspapers or letters or even pencils and supplies from your in-house supply center.
  • Making work joyful: Remote work or work from home (WFH) is new to many.  Dogs can be your constant reminder at home to take some breaks, enjoy and be grateful for the little things.  And, no doubt there will be some fun stories and adventures you’ll have with them as you work from home. We would love to see those shared on our Facebook page, too!  

Your best friend can now be your best coworker especially if you take the time to slow down and enjoy the little things that bring them great joy!

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Guests and Your Dog

Dog lovers and your guests

It’s a fact that not everyone is a dog lover. While we may not know any right off hand, every now and then we meet new people and sometimes invite them over for a cup of coffee or a chat to get to know them better.

So what happens when your guests don’t take to your pup the way you’d hoped? Perhaps they seem a little intimidated or maybe they just outright ask you to lock your pup up so they can come in. Some pet owners might be appalled, while some may be more understanding. But if you’re expecting guests, there are a few things to consider, especially if you think your visitors aren’t “dog-people.”

Be prepared

First of all, make sure that your guests know you are a dog owner. The last thing you want is an unexpected surprise situation. Knowing their preferences will allow you to alter your plans or make adjustments prior to their visit. It’s respectful and won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

What if they’re already at your door though? Perhaps a repair man shows up or even a traveling salesman knocks on your door. Luckily, most repair companies have become accustomed to asking if you have pets in your house prior to the visit, so be sure that you disclose this information to them (no need for details such as size or breed).

What you can do for surprise visits

But what happens if your guests show up and don’t take to your dog as expected. They may be intimidated by their size or even the breed. Though you may be sure your dog is the sweetest pup out there, there are many breeds which can seem a little intimidating, such as the Mastiff or Rottweiler, at first appearance.

The best technique is to not let your dog greet guests at the door. This can often intimidate both parties, and that’s not a good situation for your pup to experience. Instead, keep your dog back and introduce them after your guests have entered the home. Watch their body language and stay with them upon introductions, just in case your dog doesn’t like their presence. In most cases, dogs will want to investigate initially, but will quickly return to their regularly scheduled program.

Too excited

Of course, some conditions can be a little annoying, even for you. If your dog is overly excited, practice the introductions slowly. If you let them greet visitors at the door, they can show initial signs of aggression (they can sense when others are uncomfortable) or just downright want to hop into their arms and be their best friend.

In these instances, some owners prefer to keep their dogs behind a pet-gate where they can still see the activity but won’t be able to approach the guests. While it might seem restrictive for your pup, it often helps reduce anxiety and allows your guests to relax without a pup dancing all around them.

Dog allergies 

What if your guests are allergic? Just because your visitor seems uncomfortable with your dog, doesn’t mean they don’t like them. Many people, even dog owners, are allergic to dogs. In this case, it’s best to try to make your guest as comfortable as possible. And keep in mind that just because your dog isn’t present, doesn’t mean allergies won’t kick in, so confining your dog isn’t the best solution.

Instead, give your dog a bath. Allergies aren’t from dog fur as commonly believed. They’re actually from your dog’s dandruff (flaky skin) and even urine (which you hopefully keep outside or in their litter box). And 99% of dust is skin, which means that cleaning your dog and your house will greatly reduce allergy tendencies (a helpful hint for allergenic dog owners out there).

Cleaning house before visitors would consist of vacuuming the carpet and couches to pick up any dust or pet dander that is just lying around. Additionally, it’s best to keep lint-brushes handy for your guest’s use to ensure that they aren’t taking any allergies home with them. In most cases, if you can make your guests feel comfortable in your home, you’ll find that they may actually enjoy being around your dog, too.

Always remember that not everyone enjoys being around dogs or even other pets. But it’s your responsibility, to both your dog and your guests, to make sure that everyone knows the rules of your home before you make any plans. But as long as you can make everyone feel comfortable, you’d be surprised at how many people like dogs more than they thought they did.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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